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Yosef vs. Potiphar’s wife: ז וַיְהִי, אַחַר הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה, וַתִּשָּׂא אֵשֶׁת-אֲדֹנָיו אֶת-עֵינֶיהָ, אֶל-יוֹסֵף; וַתֹּאמֶר, שִׁכְבָה עִמִּי. ח וַיְמָאֵן–וַיֹּאמֶר אֶל-אֵשֶׁת אֲדֹנָיו, הֵן אֲדֹנִי לֹא-יָדַע אִתִּי מַה-בַּבָּיִת; וְכֹל אֲשֶׁר-יֶשׁ-לוֹ, נָתַן בְּיָדִי. ט אֵינֶנּוּ גָדוֹל בַּבַּיִת הַזֶּה, מִמֶּנִּי, וְלֹא-חָשַׂךְ מִמֶּנִּי מְאוּמָה, כִּי אִם-אוֹתָךְ בַּאֲשֶׁר אַתְּ-אִשְׁתּוֹ; וְאֵיךְ אֶעֱשֶׂה הָרָעָה הַגְּדֹלָה, הַזֹּאת, וְחָטָאתִי, לֵאלֹהִים. י וַיְהִי, כְּדַבְּרָהּ אֶל-יוֹסֵף יוֹם יוֹם; […]

Putting One's Foot Down, For Once and For All

`The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, `which is to be master — that’s all.’1 I was recently researching the origins of the venerable tradition of the groom stepping on the bride’s foot (or vice versa) under the Huppah to symbolize or effectuate his dominance over her (or hers over him) during the marriage. The earliest […]

Diabolists and Counterfeiters

Leonard Lopate recently interviewed the novelist Anne Rice; they discussed Rice’s long and complicated religious history, and her latest novel Of Love and Evil, the second installment in her series Songs of the Seraphim (excerpt). From the interview: Lopate: In this novel, Malchiah [an angel] sends Toby [O’Dare, a (former?) assassin] back to sixteenth-century Rome […]